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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Ryzen 5 2600H 4-Core 3.2GHz Core i7-6920HQ 4-Core 2.9GHz
Halo: Reach 54% 57%
Cyberpunk 2077 5% 11%
Red Dead Redemption 2 12% 5%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 15% 21%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 17% 22%
Doom Eternal 8% 13%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 22% 14%
Grand Theft Auto VI 52% 43%
FIFA 20 20% 25%
Need For Speed Heat 5% 11%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i7-6920HQ 4-Core 2.9GHz is noticeably better than the AMD Ryzen 5 2600H 4-Core 3.2GHz when it comes to running the latest games. This also means it will be less likely to bottleneck more powerful GPUs, allowing them to achieve more of their gaming performance potential.

The Ryzen 5 2600H was released over three years more recently than the Core i7-6920HQ 4-Core, and so the Ryzen 5 2600H is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Core i7-6920HQ 4-Core when running the latest games.

Both CPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings (assuming they are accompanied by equivalently powerful GPUs).

The Ryzen 5 2600H and the Core i7-6920HQ 4-Core both have 4 cores, which is not likely to be a limiting factor for gaming.

Both the AMD Ryzen 5 2600H 4-Core 3.2GHz and the Intel Core i7-6920HQ 4-Core 2.9GHz have the same number of threads. Both the Ryzen 5 2600H and the Core i7-6920HQ 4-Core use hyperthreading. The Ryzen 5 2600H has 2 logical threads per physical core and the Core i7-6920HQ 4-Core has 2.

Multiple threads are useful for improving the performance of multi-threaded applications. Additional cores and their accompanying thread will always be beneficial for multi-threaded applications. Hyperthreading will be beneficial for applications optimized for it, but it may slow others down. For games, the number of threads is largely irrelevant, as long as you have at least 2 cores (preferably 4), and hyperthreading can sometimes even hit performance.

More important for gaming than the number of cores and threads is the clock rate. Problematically, unless the two CPUs are from the same family, this can only serve as a general guide and nothing like an exact comparison, because the clock cycles per instruction (CPI) will vary so much.

The Ryzen 5 2600H and Core i7-6920HQ 4-Core are not from the same family of CPUs, so their clock speeds are by no means directly comparable. Bear in mind, then, that while the Ryzen 5 2600H has a 0.3 GHz faster frequency, this is not always an indicator that it will be superior in performance, despite frequency being crucial when trying to avoid GPU bottlenecking. In this case, however, the difference is enough that it possibly indicates the superiority of the .

Aside from the clock rate, the next-most important CPU features for PC game performance are L2 and L3 cache size. Faster than RAM, the more cache available, the more data that can be stored for lightning-fast retrieval. L1 Cache is not usually an issue anymore for gaming, with most high-end CPUs eking out about the same L1 performance, and L2 is more important than L3 - but L3 is still important if you want to reach the highest levels of performance. Bear in mind that although it is better to have a larger cache, the larger it is, the higher the latency, so a balance has to be struck.

The Ryzen 5 2600H has a 1024 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i7-6920HQ 4-Core, but on the other hand, it is the Core i7-6920HQ 4-Core that has a 4 MB bigger L3 cache than the Ryzen 5 2600H. The L3 size of the Ryzen 5 2600H is probably low enough to greatly inhibit its gaming performance in comparison to the Core i7-6920HQ 4-Core.

The maximum Thermal Design Power is the power in Watts that the CPU will consume in the worst case scenario. The lithography is the semiconductor manufacturing technology being used to create the CPU - the smaller this is, the more transistors that can be fit into the CPU, and the closer the connections. For both the lithography and the TDP, it is the lower the better, because a lower number means a lower amount of power is necessary to run the CPU, and consequently a lower amount of heat is produced.

Both the Ryzen 5 2600H and the Core i7-6920HQ 4-Core have the same TDP of 45 Watts, and were created with the same manufacturing size of 14 nm, which means they will affect your yearly electricity bill about equally.

The Ryzen 5 2600H and the Core i7-6920HQ 4-Core both have an on-board GPU, which means that they will be capable of running basic graphics applications (i.e., games) without the need for a dedicated graphics card.

For an in-depth GPU comparison, click on the GPU comparison icon that you can find throughout Game-Debate:

On-board GPUs tend to be fairly awful in comparison to dedicated cards from the likes of AMD or Nvidia, but as they are built into the CPU, they also tend to be cheaper and require far less power to run (this makes them a good choice for laptops). We would recommend a dedicated card for running the latest games, but integrated GPUs are improving all the time and casual gamers may find less recent games perform perfectly acceptably.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameZenSkylake-H
MoBo SocketSocket AM4BGA
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date10 Sep 201801 Sep 2015
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs4
CPU Threads8vs8
Clock Speed3.2 GHzvs2.9 GHz
Turbo Frequency3.6 GHzvs3.8 GHz
Max TDP45 Wvs45 W
Lithography14 nmvs14 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature95°Cvs100°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
Comparison

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size192 KBvs256 KB
L2 Cache Size2048 KBvs1024 KB
L3 Cache Size4 MBvs8 MB
Max Memory Size-vs64 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
Comparison

CPU Graphics

GraphicsRadeon RX Vega 8HD i7 6920HQ
Base GPU Frequency-vs350 MHz
Max GPU Frequency-vs1050 MHz
DirectX-vs12.0
Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Package and Version Specifications

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Revision-vs-
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Gaming Performance Value

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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe AMD Ryzen 5 2600H 4-Core 3.2GHz is a mid-range notebook APU based on AMD's 14nm Zen micro-architecture. It offers 4 physical cores (8 logical), clocked at 3.2 GHz base clock speed and up to 3.6 GHz boost clock speed. It has a locked multiplier and therefore cannot overclocked using traditional methods. It has 4MB of L3 Cache. Level 3 cache is a static memory bank of a processor and it is used to feed it instructions. It also has 2MB L2 Cache and 192KB L1 Cache. This processor also supports DDR4 based RAMs with maximum memory support of 32GB. The AMD Ryzen 5 2600H 4-Core 3.2GHz has a maximum Thermal Power Design of 45W, making it a moderately power-efficient CPU that should provide average laptop battery life.. Among its many features are Cool n Quiet, CoolCore Technology, Extended Frequency Range (XFX), Pure Power and Precision Boost are enabled. It features an integrated Vega 8 GPU with 8 Execution units, 512 Shaders, and a maximum clock speed of 1100MHz. This is a low-end graphics chip that can run less demanding eSports titles at 900p screen resolution.Core i7-6920HQ 4-Core 2.9GHz is a High-End Mobile Processor based on the 14nm, Skylake MicroArchitecture.

It offers 4 Physical Cores (8 Logical), initially clocked at 2.9GHz, which may go up to 3.8GHz and 8MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, HyperThreading, Turbo Boost 2.0 and Virtualization are activated.

The processor integrates Powerful Graphics called Intel HD i7 6920HQ, with 24 Execution Units, initially clocked at 350MHz and that go up to 1050MHz, in Turbo Mode which share the L2 Cache and system RAM with the processor.
Both the processor and integrated graphics have a rated board TDP of 45W.

Its performance is exceptionally good and enough for even the most demanding applications.

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